Section executives (by acclamation)
Actuarial Science Section
Gordon E. Willmot
Gordon Willmot is Munich Re Professor of Insurance at the University of Waterloo, and was previously Professor at the University of Toronto. He received his BMath in Actuarial Science and Statistics as well as his MMath and PhD in Statistics, all from the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is and has been an associate editor of various statistics and actuarial science journals, and has been involved in international actuarial organizations in a variety of capacities.
José Garrido is Professor at Concordia. He has not yet served the SSC, but intends to be more active now in the new Actuarial Science Section. José served on the Statistics NSERC Grant Selection Committee (2002-05) and on the review panel of several Actuarial Science programs in Canada. José is currently Editor/Associate Editor of several journals including the European Actuarial Journal, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics and Risks. He has received degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from Montréal, Louvain and Waterloo. If elected, he will put his experience to work for the Actuarial Science Section and the SSC.
Yi Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her PhD in mathematics from Concordia University in 2005. Her research interests include actuarial science, risk theory, stochastic modeling and insurance statistics.
X. Sheldon Lin
Sheldon Lin received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Alberta in 1991 and his MMath in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo in 1993. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto from 1993 to 1997 and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa from 1997 to 2000. He returned to the University of Toronto in 2001 and has been Professor of Actuarial Science in the Department of Statistics of the University of Toronto since 2002. He is Associate of Society of Actuaries (ASA) since 1993. His research interests are in insurance risk modelling and valuation of equity-linked insurance products. He has authored/co-authored a number of papers and two books in these areas. He is an associate editor for Insurance: Mathematics and Economics and a past co-editor for the North American Actuarial Journal.
Dr. Lehana Thabane is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of Biostatistics at St Joseph’s Healthcare - Hamilton at McMaster University. He has served the Society as treasurer of the Biostatistics Section, July 2007/June 2009; and member of the Finance Committee, July 2007/ June 2009. He has co-authored over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is the chair of CIHR HIV Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Scientific Review Committee. He is a member of the International Statistical Institute (elected), International Society of Clinical Biostatistics, and the Society for Clinical Trials.
Alberto Nettel-Aguire, P.Stat., Assistant Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. Received his BSc in Applied Math from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, worked for ACNielsen México, then received MSc and PhD from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary; postdoc at Acadia under Hugh Chipman on large graph data and data mining. Research interests: social network analysis, biostatistics applications to child health outcomes research and formulating diagnostics for patterns of missing data. He has participated in local grants committees and is scientific reviewer for AIHS’s CREBA (Community Research Ethics Board of Alberta).
Business and Industrial Statistics Section
Paul McNicholas is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph, where he holds the University Research Chair in Computational Statistics. Paul is a member of the Canadian Journal of Statistics Awards Committee and he was a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for SSC 2012. He was also a member of the Canadian Statistical Institute Development Committee. Paul has been very active in industrial collaboration, based primarily around applications in sensory science; this work was the subject of the BISS invited session at SSC 2012, which he co-organized and chaired.
Jason Loeppky is an Assistant professor in Statistics at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna. He has served SSC as a member of the New Investigator’s Committee, and a chair of the Student Travel Awards Committee. Jason obtained a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Guelph and an MSc and Ph.D in Statistics from Simon Fraser University. His research interests include design and analysis of computer experiments; statistical models for computer simulators; fractional factorial designs; and modern Bayesian methods in astronomy.
Reg Kulperger has served on various SSC committees such as the Robillard, Awards and SORA regional association. He is currently a representative from Ontario on the SSC Board of Directors. He is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Western Ontario where he has spent most of his academic career. He has also spent two years each at McMaster and Berkeley. Reg has directed several PhD students, most of whom hold faculty positions in Canada and the US, as well as some who work in the financial sector.
François Watier is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He obtained his PhD degree in mathematics (probability) at the University of Sherbrooke in 2002. He is cofounder of the Faculty research group EMoStA in stochastic modeling and a member of the Interuniversity research group GERAD in decision analysis. His research interests include applied probability, stochastic control and mathematical finance. He is a loyal SSC member since his doctoral studies, a member of the Probability Section since its foundation and acting secretary since 2010.
Statistical Education Section
Kevin Thorpe is a statistician, educated at the University of Waterloo, with over twenty years experience with trials and studies spanning a wide range of clinical fields including: cerebrovascular disease, nephrology, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thrombosis, neonatology and oncology. His research interests include the design, conduct, data management and analysis of clinical trials, statistical education and statistical computing. He is currently a biostatistician/methodologist at the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) within the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Bethany White is an Assistant Professor in Western University’s Statistical & Actuarial Science Department. She holds a BScH in Mathematics and Statistics (Acadia Uni¬versity) and an MMATH and PhD in Statistics-Biostatistics (University of Waterloo). Bethany’s main research focus is Statistical Education. Of particular interest is the impact of technological tools and course format on students’ attitudes about, and understanding of, statistics. Bethany formed the Canadian Statistics Educator Network (CSEN) in 2010 to bring instructors from across the country together and to facilitate collaboration, and she is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE).
Dr. Bruce Dunham is a senior instructor in the Department of Statistics at UBC. Prior to arriving at UBC in 2005 he held positions at the universities of Nottingham and Derby in England, his native country. Dr. Dunham studied at the University of London for his PhD in probability theory. After several years pursuing a traditional research-oriented academic career, he decided his interests resided in education and pedagogy. He has taught over thirty different courses in the areas of mathematics and statistics, and has recently developed a great enthusiasm for the adoption of active learning methods.
Xu (Sunny) Wang is an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with Doctor degree in Statistics under the supervision of Dr. Hugh Chipman. Her research funded by NSERC focuses on developing algorithms and methodologies in Statistical learning and data mining with applications in drug discovery and health related research. She also dedicates herself to Statistics education, and serves on the SSC Education Committee.
Survey Methods Section
Wesley Yung is an Assistant Director in the Business Survey Methods Section of Statistics Canada. After completing his BSc and the MSc at Dalhousie University, he worked for two years at Statistics Canada before continuing his studies at Carleton University where he completed a PhD under the supervision of J.N.K. Rao. Upon completion of his PhD he returned to Statistics Canada where he has been involved in many aspects of both household and business surveys. While currently in a management position, he continues to remain active in survey methods research touching variance estimation and, more recently, collection research.
Catherine Deshaies-Moreault graduated from Université de Montréal in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science. Her studies in mathematics and statistics led her to work for Statistics Canada, in Ottawa. She has been a methodologist in the Business Survey Methods Division since May 2011, where she has been working on the quarterly survey of financial statements. Through her work, she gained experience in various areas, such as sampling, estimation and benchmarking. Catherine is a reliable, social and enthusiastic person appreciated by her colleagues. Outside of work, she likes to travel, read books and play volleyball.